We are consulting on changes to the FCA handbook to reflect the expansion of the Dormant Assets Scheme.
Why we are consulting
The Dormant Assets Scheme (DAS) allows banks and building societies to pay dormant monies to an authorised reclaim fund which then puts this money towards funding good causes. We have been working closely with HM Government and Reclaim Fund Limited (RFL) to expand the scheme. We are now proposing amendments to our rules and guidance to enable insurance, pension and securities firms to contribute dormant assets to an expanded scheme.
Who this applies to
Reclaim Fund Limited (RFL) and providers of insurance and pensions products should read this consultation. Other stakeholders interested in the treatment of dormant assets, for example consumer organisations, may also want to read the consultation.
What you need to do next
We want to know what you think of our proposals. Please use the online form or email: [email protected] by Friday 17 June 2022.
Depending on the feedback we receive, we hope to finalise our proposals in July 2022. We have agreed with the Government and RFL that expansion will be phased. This is to reflect the differences between the different asset classes and their resolution processes. We will therefore consult again on asset classes not covered in this consultation.
In 2016, the Government established the Independent Commission on Dormant Assets to examine what new assets could be brought into an expanded Dormant Asset Scheme. The Commission identified dormant assets in a range of financial services sectors that could be included in an expanded DAS.
In February 2022, the Dormant Assets Act 2022 received Royal Assent. The Act amends the Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Act 2008 to expand the scope of dormant assets that can be contributed to the DAS. The new assets in scope of the expanded scheme fall under five asset classes:
- investment assets
- client money